Russia arrests eight over Crimean bridge bombing

Ukraine has denied any involvement in the attack.

Updated: October 12, 2022 - 8:17am

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Russia on Wednesday announced the arrest of eight people in connection to the weekend bombing of the country's bridge to Crimea.

Moscow's Federal Security Service said it arrested five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia in connection to the attack, according to state-run media outlet TASS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the bridge strike Saturday a terrorist attack from Ukraine, from which Russia took Crimea in 2014.

The fiery bridge attack, ignited by a truck bomb, temporarily stopped traffic, amid Russia's war on Ukraine that began roughly seven months ago. 

The Ukraine government has denied involvement in the attack, but Russia's security agency is continuing to blame Kyiv. 

"The organizer of the terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge was the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, its head Kyrylo Budanov, its employees and agents," said the agency, which is the primary successor of the Soviet-era KGB.

Putin said over the weekend: "There is no doubt, this is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying Russia's critical civilian infrastructure."

Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged the incident and said on the day of the attack that it "was not a bad day and mostly sunny on our state's territory."